Governor makes environmental appointments

By CMTA Staff

Capitol Update, Jan. 6, 2006 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

On December 23, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger announced appointments to three key posts within California’s Environmental Protection Agency (Cal/EPA):

Dr. Robert Sawyer was appointed chairman of the State’s Air Resources Board (ARB).  In his announcement, Schwarzenegger said Sawyer was "an exceptionally accomplished scientist, teacher and environmental policy expert who has devoted his career to using science and technology to improve air quality not only in California, but across our country and the world.  His expertise in tackling tough pollution control issues will be fundamental to ensuring the legacy of the Air Resources Board in creating a clean and healthy future for California."

Sawyer, 70, is highly credentialed and has been an active member of the scientific and academic communities. He has been teaching and conducting extensive research on air pollutant emissions, energy conversion, combustion, fire safety and rocket and jet propulsion since 1966.  He was previously appointed by then-Governor Jerry Brown as a member of the ARB, serving in 1975 and 1976.  

The Governor also announced the appointment of Maureen Gorsen as Director of the Department of Toxic Substance Control.  Gorsen, 41, has been serving as Deputy Secretary for law enforcement and Cal/EPA counsel since 2003.   Prior to that, she was a partner with Weston, Benshof, Rochefort, Rubacalva, MacCuish, LLP, where she focused on environmental compliance and land use.  She also served as general counsel and assistant general counsel for the Resources Agency from 1994 to 1999.  

She has an extensive background in environmental and land use law as well as policy experience in state government.

Joan Denton was reappointed by the Governor as Director of the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA), a position that she has held since 1997.  Denton has more than 20 years of professional experience in public health assessment, research and regulatory work.  

All three appointments require Senate confirmation.  No opposition is anticipated.
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